A few weeks ago, cybercriminals hacked into one of the largest messaging apps, with a large number of Hungarian accounts involved. In total, the phone numbers of almost 377,000 Hungarian users were leaked on a hacker forum. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case, as there have been several attacks on social networking sites this year. However, as users, we have several options to keep our data safe.
Use complex and various passwords
Most websites now have built-in software to check the strength of the password we choose, and we are required to enter a password that is at least 8 characters long or includes numbers and special characters. As such a code is difficult to remember, many of us end up using the same one for every site, which makes us an easier target for cybercriminals. Fortunately, there are password generator applications where you only need to remember one master password and the software handles the rest.
Turn on two-factor authentication
Simple password protection is not always enough against professional hackers. That's why it's important to turn on two-factor authentication where possible, which is a one-time, time-based password that is sent by the service provider immediately after the traditional password is entered. The most common two-factor authentication method is a verification code sent via SMS, but there are also third-party authentication applications. With this step, we can prove to the service provider that it is really us, wanting to access our account, and not a hacker stealing data.
Share as little information about yourself as possible
Most people know that it is not advised to give out sensitive personal information such as a phone number or address on social networking sites. However, people tend to share information such as where they are on holiday or what premium product they have bought recently. We never know who is monitoring our online activity, and the information we share about ourselves can be a good target for identity thieves and criminals in the offline world. In security settings, it’s advisable to turn off public visibility everywhere, choosing private mode to hide private information from strangers.
Check the source of incoming messages
Don't accept friend requests from users you don't know and don't have mutual friends with! We don't always know if the people behind such profiles are actually real or if they are trying to misuse our data. Also be aware of unexpected links sent by existing friends, as they could be hiding a virus. Always ask the sender if the link is really from them!
In addition to this, it is essential to ensure that the devices, information systems and networks from which we log on to social networking sites are protected. Keep up to date and use a reliable antivirus! ViVeTech can keep corporate assets secure with up-to-date solutions.